a calm, lengthy, intent consideration
Who has not been stimulated to
reflection by the facilities now in progress of construction for travel and the transportation of goods in the United States?
doing or producing good
This rage for road building is
beneficent for America, where vast distance is so main a consideration in our domestic politics and trade, inasmuch as the great political promise of the invention is to hold the Union staunch, whose days seemed already numbered by the mere inconvenience of transporting representatives, judges, and officers across such tedious distances of land and water.
seemingly limitless in amount, number, degree, or extent
An unlooked for consequence of the railroad, is the increased acquaintance it has given the American people with the
boundless resources of their own soil.
marked by sound judgment
And even on the coast,
prudent men have begun to see that every American should be educated with a view to the values of land.
make reparations or amends for
Columbus alleged as a reason for seeking a continent in the West, that the harmony of nature required a great tract of land in the western hemisphere, to balance the known extent of land in the eastern; and it now appears that we must estimate the native values of this broad region to
redress the balance of our own judgments, and appreciate the advantages opened to the human race in this country, which is our fortunate home.
a purging medicine
The land is the appointed remedy for whatever is false and fantastic in our culture. The continent we inhabit is to be
physic and food for our mind, as well as our body.
a power to affect persons or events
The land, with its tranquilizing, sanative
influences, is to repair the errors of a scholastic and traditional education, and bring us into just relations with men and things.
prepare for crops
The habit of living in the presence of these invitations of natural wealth is not inoperative; and this habit, combined with the moral sentiment which, in the recent years, has interrogated every institution, usage, and law, has, naturally, given a strong direction to the wishes and aims of active young men to withdraw from cities, and
cultivate the soil.
make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
For, beside all the moral benefit which we may expect from the farmer's profession, when a man enters it considerately, this promised the conquering of the soil, plenty, and beyond this, the
adorning of the country with every advantage and ornament which labor, ingenuity, and affection for a man's home, could suggest.
love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it
Any relation to the land, the habit of tilling it, or mining it, or even hunting on it, generates the feeling of
impressiveness in scale or proportion
We cannot look on the freedom of this country, in connexion with its youth, without a presentiment that here shall laws and institutions exist on some scale of proportion to the
majesty of nature.
of behavior that is impressive and ambitious in scope
It seems so easy for America to inspire and express the most
expansive and humane spirit; new-born, free, healthful, strong, the land of the laborer, of the democrat, of the philanthropist, of the believer, of the saint, she should speak for the human race.
the efficient use of resources
For Nature is the noblest engineer, yet uses a grinding
economy, working up all that is wasted to-day into to-morrow's creation;—not a superfluous grain of sand, for all the ostentation she makes of expense and public works.
small part that can be considered separately from the whole
It is because Nature thus saves and uses, laboring for the general, that we poor
particulars are so crushed and straitened, and find it so hard to live.
give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
She flung us out in her plenty, but we cannot shed a hair, or a paring of a nail, but instantly she snatches at the shred, and
appropriates it to the general stock.
of or concerned with or related to the future
We plant trees, we build stone houses, we redeem the waste, we make
prospective laws, we found colleges and hospitals, for remote generations.
the commercial exchange of goods and services
The philosopher and lover of man have much harm to say of
trade; but the historian will see that
trade was the principle of Liberty; that
trade planted America and destroyed Feudalism; that it makes peace and keeps peace, and it will abolish slavery.
connected with or engaged in the exchange of goods
It would be but an easy extension of our
commercial system, to pay a private emperor a fee for services, as we pay an architect, an engineer, or a lawyer.
an organization created for business ventures
If any man has a talent for righting wrong, for administering difficult affairs, for counselling poor farmers how to turn their estates to good husbandry, for combining a hundred private
enterprises to a general benefit, let him in the county-town, or in Court-street, put up his sign-board, Mr. Smith, Governor, Mr. Johnson, Working king.
an inherent cognitive or perceptual power of the mind
Where is he who seeing a thousand men useless and unhappy, and making the whole region forlorn by their inaction, and conscious himself of possessing the
faculty they want, does not hear his call to go and be their king?
existing in name only
We must have kings, and we must have nobles. Nature provides such in every society,—only let us have the real instead of the
I think I see place and duties for a nobleman in every society; but it is not to drink wine and ride in a fine coach, but to guide and adorn life for the multitude by forethought, by elegant studies, by
perseverance, self-devotion, and the remembrance of the humble old friend, by making his life secretly beautiful.
elevation of mind and exaltation of character
I call upon you, young men, to obey your heart, and be the
nobility of this land.
standing above others in quality or position
In every age of the world, there has been a leading nation, one of a more generous sentiment, whose
eminent citizens were willing to stand for the interests of general justice and humanity, at the risk of being called, by the men of the moment, chimerical and fantastic.
troubled by pain or loss
The people, and the world, is now
suffering from the want of religion and honor in its public mind.
of high moral or intellectual value
I find no expression in our state papers or legislative debate, in our lyceums or churches, specially in our newspapers, of a high national feeling, no
lofty counsels that rightfully stir the blood.
dishonest or immoral or evasive
The private mind has the access to the totality of goodness and truth, that it may be a balance to a
corrupt society; and to stand for the private verdict against popular clamor, is the office of the noble.
help in a difficult situation
That is his nobility, his oath of knighthood, to
succor the helpless and oppressed; always to throw himself on the side of weakness, of youth, of hope, on the liberal, on the expansive side, never on the defensive, the conserving, the timorous, the lock and bolt system.
someone who makes charitable donations
We cannot give our life to the cause of the debtor, of the slave, or the pauper, as another is doing; but to one thing we are bound, not to blaspheme the sentiment and the work of that man, not to throw stumbling-blocks in the way of the abolitionist, the
philanthropist, as the organs of influence and opinion are swift to do.
bestow a quality on
But the wise and just man will always feel that he stands on his own feet; that he
imparts strength to the state, not receives security from it; and that if all went down, he and such as he would quite easily combine in a new and better constitution.
extremely impressive in strength or excellence
Every great and memorable community has consisted of
formidable individuals, who, like the Roman or the Spartan, lent his own spirit to the state and made it great.
cause to change; make different
Gentlemen, the development of our American internal resources, the extension to the utmost of the commercial system, and the appearance of new moral causes which are to
modify the state, are giving an aspect of greatness to the Future, which the imagination fears to open.
motivation deriving from ethical or moral principles
One thing is plain for all men of common sense and common
conscience, that here, here in America, is the home of man.
exist in large quantities
Here stars, here woods, here hills, here animals, here men
abound, and the vast tendencies concur of a new order.
If only the men are employed in conspiring with the designs of the Spirit who led us hither, and is leading us still, we shall quickly enough
advance out of all hearing of other's censures, out of all regrets of our own, into a new and more excellent social state than history has recorded.